True confession: I kind of dread Christmas shopping. So several years ago, I made a promise to myself that I would make an effort to do a meaningful amount of my buying locally. By prioritizing items made in the area and purchasing at locally owned shops, I find myself interacting with interesting people, learning about new artisans, and finding unique gifts; plus, it means my dollars spent stay in my community. I’m not perfect (hello, Amazon Prime!), but I can honestly say it’s improved my (admittedly somewhat Scrooge-y) outlook.
Now there’s a new market that caters just to my needs. Field of Artisans, a pop-up marketplace in Wakefield, RI, brings together a variety of artisan vendors every weekend in December till Christmas. From fine art to photography, ceramics, jewelry, apparel, and way more, FoA delivers a revolving treasure trove of goods.
Each weekend, a variety of 15-plus vendors gather to sell their wares. (Other dates and locations continue to be added; check the schedule for details.) And since sellers are not required to commit to multiple dates, each pop-up event features a unique combination of artists.
The pop-up shop is the brainchild of Katrina Meehan, who began the market last June. “There was no consistent opportunity for artists to get exposure in a welcoming community,” says Katrina, the founder and producer of the market, and also a vendor – she makes and sells reclaimed leather jewelry under the moniker Ethereal Daughters.
Originally from South Kingston, Katrina worked in fashion and branding in New York before finding her entrepreneurial niche back in the Ocean State. She describes Field of Artisans not only as a market but also as a networking event. “It’s a non-intimidating place to sell, but also to hang out and be around creatives.”
If the idea of wrapping up the the same old sweaters and scarves this year is giving you the holiday blues, the unique handmade pieces at Field of Artisans may be just the antidote you need. Holiday shopping should be fun, not a chore – let the hunt for treasure and bohemian charm at infuse you with the spirit of the season.